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Dec 4, 2013
Karen Cook
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Low EV Sales Prompt Survey

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Electric vehicle options are ever expanding. More and more manufacturers are producing them. The public is increasingly aware of the damage gasoline powered vehicles are doing to the environment. So why aren’t more EVs being sold? Recently a couple of surveys were done by Navigant Research in an effort to answer this question.

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Sep 18, 2013
Karen Cook
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Pros and Cons of Going Green

Why do consumers buy electric automobiles? That depends. Some want to be kind to the environment. Some want to cut their gasoline costs. Some are attracted by the modern technology. The question is can you afford to go green. Here are a few things to think about. Continue reading »

Jul 15, 2013
Elizabeth Puckett
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Electric Cars Will Probably Never Be ‘Mainstream’


With more EV charging stations popping up all over the country, some might expect that electric vehicles will soon take over the streets one day. What many people don’t realize is that there’re some serious roadblocks when it comes to EV ownership and it’s not likely that these cars will ever become mainstream, unless the makers address certain issues first. Auto makers have been banking on high gas prices to drive buyers to alternative powered vehicles, but the numbers just aren’t there yet. Continue reading »

Jul 3, 2013
Elizabeth Puckett
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Solar Cars Edging Closer to the Market With a More ‘Normal’ Looking Design


There’s a lot of things going on with solar-powered vehicles that make them look out of this world; their body paneling is what harvests energy and it has to lie a certain way to be effective. Most would say that solar vehicles look like flying saucers from a 1950s B-movie. The newest generation of engineers want to change that exterior design in order to push solar cars one step closer to the public marketplace. Engineers who design and develop the more normal-looking platforms call these project cars ‘cruisers’. These cruisers are said to look more like mid-sized sedans than alien aircraft. The cruiser has been described as being a two-door coupe with a large rear hatchback—it also has twice as much storage space as a Honda Civic.

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Jun 15, 2013
Elizabeth Puckett
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Even Though Incentives Are Attractive, Very Few Green Cars Are Actually Being Bought in the U.S.

Green showrooms and free charging stations are gaining the interest of certain dealerships for eco cars, like plug-in hybrids and electric cars—but those incentives are failing to make the grade. New car sales professionals are reporting that very few hybrids and electric cars are actually being bought by drivers in this country. Continue reading »

Dec 26, 2012
Dave Walter
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City of Indianapolis Decides to Go Hybrid

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard posing with an electric Ford sedan (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

The city of Indianapolis is aiming to be the first in the country to replace its entire vehicle fleet with hybrids, EVs and other eco-friendly vehicles. The city hopes to refresh its vehicle fleet within the next three years.

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Dec 7, 2012
Dave Walter
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116 mpg-e Fiat 500e Electric Car Debuts in LA

Fiat has already told journalists that it did not want to build the 500e electric car and expects to lose money on every model sold. So it must have been with begrudging chagrin that it debuted the new electrified mini car at the 2012 LA Auto Show.

The reason that Fiat bothered with the 500e at all is simple: meeting California’s requirements for zero emissions vehicles. As such, the car will only be available in California when it launches next spring. Because electric cars remain a niche market and the 500 itself has struggled in the United States, we don’t anticipate that many non-Californians will be heartbroken about the decision. Continue reading »

Nov 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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Ford Fusion Named 2013 ‘Green Car of the Year’

The Ford Fusion was awarded the title of ‘Green Car of the Year’ by Green Car Journal today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. I sense that you’re surprised. “The Ford Fusion? … an American midsize sedan?” That’s right. Considering that previous winners include the Chevy Volt (a plug-in hybrid) and Honda Civic CNG (a natural gas-powered compact car), you’re probably not the only person left scratching their head. So what was it that made Ford’s new midsize sedan stand above other notable contenders (such as the all-electric Nissan LEAF)?

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Oct 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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2013 Toyota Prius Gets Pricing and Special Edition

Once a leader without equal, the Toyota Prius is facing more and more competition from other hybrids and electrics, which have passed it by in terms of fuel economy. For the 2013 model year, Toyota is hoping to sway at least a few buyers with what it calls the Persona Series Special Edition.

The Persona Series is based on the Prius Three trim level. Its mechanicals remain the same as the stock Prius, but it enjoys a series of interior and exterior upgrades.

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Oct 18, 2012
Chris Weiss

Cadillac Will Begin Production on ELR Hybrid Next Year

GM announced plans to develop the Cadillac ELR, essentially an upgraded luxury version of the Chevy Volt, last summer. This week, it provided an update, stating that it is investing $35 million into its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for ELR production to begin in late 2013.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is already GM’s base camp for electric-based vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera, so it’s not surprising that it is being prepped for the ELR.

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